Pretty well done Neil, good account too, little bit of advice, if you had used some of the brownish, and greenish one's you took out of Mr Jacobs tin, you would have caught some decent ones instead of the mid doubles.
It is a surreal feeling when you're deliberately not fishing for trout averaging around 6lb+, not even casting a line, just watching them swim by (learning a lot tho!). I reckon you also need a certain mindset to just stand there, not actually fishing, having paid a small fortune for the ticket, and watch what are normally stunning trout "parade" in front of you, without a fish "in the bag". Saturday was the first time I actually did all of that for basically the whole day and it obviously paid dividends in a stunning way. Crazy, but it really is the only way of improving your chances of the really big fish (unless you get really lucky). I can't describe the feelings I had when the fish finally went for the fly, fortunately the striking arm was on auto pilot!
Both the fish are awaiting a trip to the smoker, can't wait to taste the difference between the brown and rainbow.
Thinking about it, I had a four fish ticket! They still owe me for two more!!
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I also meant to thank Graham.
I sent the article to him just after 7pm last night and it appeared on the site just after 6am this morning! Talk about instant publication!! He's just too good for this site!
I went again today and completed a sort of "Treble". After nearly two hours of watching and fishing, I eventually fooled another big trout. This time it was a "Blue" and at 14lb 08oz it beat my previous best (from Press Manor) by over 13lbs!